Update: Microsoft Exam Retirement


Retirement....of niet?

Het is opnieuw tijd voor een update, er waren het afgelopen kwartaal weer veel wijzigingen en/of heroverwegingen.

Het is nog steeds druk bij Microsoft. Veel nieuwe producten zagen het daglicht in 2012 en 2013. Dit zorgt er ook voor dat in een ongekend kort tijdsbestek ruwweg driekwart van de Microsoft trainingen en examens vervangen is. Nieuwe examens en de nieuwe MCSA en MCSE certificeringen zijn een feit.

Zijn de oude examens en certificeringen nu niet meer waardevol? Zeker niet!
Wat zegt Microsoft hier nu zelf over op haar website:

“Your certification will remain valuable as long as companies are using the relevant technologies.”

“Certifications remain valid based on the technology needs and trends in the market and that are not designated as inactive on your transcript.”

“When a certification is deemed no longer valid for current technology trends/solutions, that certification will transition to a Legacy status. As of September 2012, certifications designated as Legacy will no longer be available to be earned. Also beginning in September 2012, Legacy certifications will still appear on your transcript, but will be designated as Legacy.”

“Even though a specific certification has been designated as Legacy, it may still have value to companies and individuals who are still using that older technology.”

Exams have one of two statuses:

  • Active – an exam and/or certification currently available on current technology in market
  • Retired – the date in which an exam is no longer available in market

NOTE: any exam passed prior to it being retired can be counted towards any applicable active certification

Certifications have one of three statuses:

  • Legacy – a certification based on older technology, or that no longer meets current technology trends
  • Inactive – a certification (MCSE, MCSD or MCSM) that requires recertification where recertification requirements have not been met
  • Discontinued – the date in which a certification is no longer available in market

NOTE: any certifications earned prior to being discontinued will remain on the transcript. In some cases, exams may remain in market after the certification is discontinued, but the certification will not be able to be earned after the discontinuation date.

Dus je kunt nu nog certificeren met de kennis die je nu bezit van de bestaande technieken en platforms. Binnenkort zal dit niet meer mogelijk zijn.
Maar het zal nog jaren duren voordat deze technieken niet meer relevant zijn in de markt, niet iedereen stapt meteen over zodra er een nieuwe versie is.

Welke MCITP certificeringen kan ik niet meer behalen?

Certificering Status
MCITP: Server   Administrator on Windows Server 2008  Discontinued on July 31, 2013
MCITP:   Enterprise Support Technician on Windows Vista  Discontinued on July 31, 2013
MCITP: Consumer   Support Technician on Windows Vista  Discontinued on July 31, 2013
MCITP:   Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008  Discontinued on January 31, 2014
MCITP:   Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2  Discontinued on January 31, 2014
MCITP: Enterprise Messaging   Administrator 2010  Discontinued on January 31, 2014
MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010  Discontinued on January 31, 2014
MCITP:   Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7  Discontinued on January 31, 2014

Welke examens zijn nu retired?

Examennummer Naam
70-270 Installing, Configuring, and Administering Microsoft Windows XP Professional
70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
70-291 Implementing, Managing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Network Infrastructure
70-294 Planning, Implementing, and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Active Directory Infrastructure
70-400 TS: Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007, Configuring
70-401 TS: Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, Configuring
70-502 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Presentation Foundation Application Development
70-503 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Windows Communication Foundation
70-504 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 – Workflow
70-505 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development
70-561 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development
70-562 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development
70-563 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
70-564 Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
70-565 Pro: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5
70-620 TS: Configuring Microsoft Windows Vista Client
70-621 Pro: Upgrading your MCDST Certification to MCITP Enterprise Support
70-622 Pro: Microsoft Desktop Support – ENTERPRISE
70-623 Pro: Microsoft Desktop Support – CONSUMER
70-648 TS: Upgrading from Windows Server 2003 MCSA to, Windows Server 2008, Technology Specializations
70-656 TS: Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack, Configuring
70-658 TS: System Center Data Protection Manager 2007, Configuring

Voor welke examens is het nu de laatste kans?

Examen Naam Beschikbaar tot Onderdeel van MCTS Certificering Onderdeel van MCITP Certificering
70-433 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Database Development 31 jan 2014 MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development
70-450 PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 31 juli 2014 MCITP: Database Administrator 2008
70-506 TS: Silverlight 4, Development 31 juli 2014 MCTS: Silverlight 4, Development
70-643 TS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuring 31 jan 2014 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 Applications Infrastructure, Configuration MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
70-647 Pro: Windows Server 2008, Enterprise Administrator 31 jan 2014 MCITP: Enterprise Administrator on Windows Server 2008
70-659 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization 31 januari 2014 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Server Virtualization MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
70-662 TS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring 31 jan 2014 MCTS: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuration MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
70-663 Pro: Designing and Deploying Messaging Solutions with Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 31 jan 2014 MCITP: Enterprise Messaging Administrator 2010
70-667 TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring  31 jan 2014 MCTS: SharePoint 2010, Configuration MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
70-668 PRO: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator 31 jan 2014 MCITP: SharePoint Administrator 2010
70-669 TS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization 31 jan 2014 MCTS: Windows Server 2008 R2, Desktop Virtualization MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2
70-682 Pro: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 31 jan 2014 MCTS: Windows 7, Configuration MCITP: Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7
70-693 Pro: Windows Server 2008 R2, Virtualization Administrator 31 jan 2014 MCITP: Virtualization Administrator on Windows Server 2008 R2